Since 1893, scientists have known about enigmatic structures called perineuronal nets wrapped around neurons, but the function of the nets remained elusive. Now, a research team led by Harald Sontheimer has determined the nets modulate electrical impulses in the brain.
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) scientists examined sensory neurons in cell cultures and in mice with ALS-causing mutant genes. They found that sensory neurons’ axons exhibit similar pathological changes found in motor neurons afflicted with ALS.
Virginia Tech is launching a $2.6 million study funded by the nonprofit Citizens United to Cure Epilepsy and the U.S. Department of Defense to determine if traumatic brain injuries can cause changes within the brain that lead to epilepsy.
Scientists with the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute say a gene involved in the body’s sleep cycle is a potential target for therapies to help patients with a deadly form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma.
The new degree program will emphasize engineering fundamentals, translational technology, and hands-on learning opportunities with a goal of meeting the nation's projected demand for engineers who can be integrated into comprehensive health care teams.
The scholarship is awarded to medical or predoctoral graduate students who are researching cardiovascular disease topics within a basic, clinical, or population sciences framework and is based on the quality of a proposal, the institution’s supporting supervision, and the student’s academic achievement.
Twenty-one ninth- and 10th-graders from Roanoke County and City schools visited Virginia Tech’s campus earlier this summer to participate in a four-day capstone experience through the Health Professions Enrichment Program (HPEP), aimed at exposing students to the variety of health careers available, whether the patients are humans or animals.
The Market Kids initiative, a partnership between the New River Health District and the Virginia Tech Public Health Program designed to enhance public health instruction, practice, and research, is teaching local youth the importance of focusing on their health and well-being.